Local Oklahoma City Music Scene
Oklahoma City's metro population was over 1.2 million people in the 2010 Census. Campuses include Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma City Community College. The Plaza District has many live music venues. The history of the Oklahoma City music scene includes Toby Keith, The Flaming Lips, Barry McGuire, Anita Bryant, Wanda Jackson, Color Me Badd, Don Cherry and Hinder. The local music scene is covered by The Oklahoman and The Oklahoma Gazette.
Aranda * Blues Tiger Band * David Chamberlain * Chuck Allen Floyd * David Cook * Dionedra * Dustin Prinz * Empty Crush * Graham Colton * Kellie Coffey * LeeLee * Maggie McClure * Maurice Johnson * New York Summer * Outline in Color * Shane Henry * Sugar Free All Stars * The Non * The Skys
Oklahoma City Local Music Scene History
American Banjo Museum is one of Oklahoma City's most legendary tourist attractions. The Oklahoma Gazette published an interview with museum promoter Lucas Ross on June 26, 2020. The next day the museum held its free 5th annual "Americana Fest" throughout the day. In the interview Ross shared banjo history and talked about how musicians have shifted to online presentations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2018. The story is about American westward expansion in the 19th century. The musical made its debut in March 1943 and enjoyed long runs on Broadway, making it one of the most popular stage productions of all time.
The Oklahoma Gazette is one of the most authoritative websites dedicated to the Oklahoma City metropolitan scene. The site is a helpful hub for finding local restaurants and events. The site covers music, film, performing arts and more. The music section mixes local and national news about artists. The events calendar keeps you up to date on local and national concerts and other events in and around Oklahoma City.
Diamond Recording Studio is a legendary complex founded by Barbara and Charles Burton. Kanye West, whose family lives in Oklahoma City, has recorded at this studio. Both the husband and wife team are inductees in the Oklahoma City Jazz Hall of Fame. DRS originally opened in 1973 as Bare Tree Productions in the home of the Burtons, who moved the operation to French Market Hall in 1978, renaming it French Market Recording Studio. A few years later they moved it back to their home and reverted to its original name. In 2000 they purchased and remodeled a building on NE 36th Street, which became the new home of Diamond Recording Studio.
OK Music and Sound is a music store located at 7423 N May Avenue in Oklahoma City. The 5,000 square foot store sells music instruments and sound gear. It is a haven for shoppers of guitars, amps and microphones. The store also offers music lessons in eight different teaching rooms with options for private lessons. The store sells vintage and used musical instruments and also rents instruments and sound gear.
Oklahoma City downtown developers began construction on a project in June 2015 that includes a restaurant and music venue, a museum and hotel, housing and garages. The venue will be located at 901 W Sheridan and will be operated by Graham Colton and Brian Bogert. The hotel is planning on a 2016 launch.